Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/13/14


“Well we moving on up, to the top, to a deluxe apartment in the sky.”


Excerpt from theme song of 70’s and 80’s sitcom, The Jeffersons



It was November 20, 2011.  Ohio State had ben marred in a recruiting ‘crisis of confidence.’  The once prominent B1G team, who had a fence around Ohio was lacking in star power from their home state as well as nationally.  Bill Kurelic believed Ohio State was not in the top 20 nationally. 

But things have changed and have changed in a hurry.  The number one player in the state of Ohio, Adolphus Washington, committed to play for Ohio State and mentioned he would like to play for Urban Meyer, which happened a week later. 

What has happened in less than two months?  Ohio State has been “moving on up, to the top.”  Scout.com currently lists Ohio State at #4 behind Alabama, Texas and Michigan.  Look for Ohio State to move up to at least #3 in Scout within the next two weeks and maybe #2.  247.sports also have Ohio State at #4 behind the same three teams.  Again, look for Ohio State to move into the top 3 within the next two weeks. 

ESPN has Ohio State the lowest of any list I have survey.  Currently, Ohio State is at #11 and many of their recruiting experts felt it would be difficult for OSU to crack their top 10 so there was an existing bias in their reporting.  They also only list 19 commits as of January 17, 2012 so they have not factored in Taylor Decker or Joey O’Connor’s commitment.

Rivals.com, which many regard as the best and most accurate recruiting service lists Ohio State lists Ohio State at #3 behind Alabama and Texas and ahead of Florida at #4 and Michigan at #5.  It is possible that Ohio State can move ahead of Texas on this list but Florida, if they finish strong could move ahead of OSU.  #3 on the rivals list would be incredible given the fact that two months ago, Ohio State was on the outside of the top 20 looking in. 

It looks like there will be 4-6 spots left, for sure 4 and maybe a few more given attrition.  Ohio State is still actively pursuing at least one more OL, 1-2 LB, 1-2 DB, and one speedster/playmaker.  Ohio State is still in on Kyle Dodson and Jordan Diamond at OL.  Look for one or both to commit.  At LB, David Perkins said he had a great visit but has been rumored to be desirous of being a RB.  Camren Williams remains highly interested making an unofficial visit and Dalton Santos, Jamal Marcus are scheduled for visits.  At DB, Demetrious Cox recently cancelled a visit and part of that could have been Taver Johnson’s move to Arkansas.  Armani Reeves visits with Williams and will definitely receive an offer if he has not already.  From the Ath/speedster  position, look for Davonte Neal or Brian Kimbrow of Memphis, TN to possibly fill this. 

Regardless, Ohio State has experienced an amazing turn around under Meyer and already has signed a top 5 recruiting class for 2012.  Ohio State is definitely moving on up to the top.

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